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Bollywood box-office report of the week

August 22, 2007 5:37:21 PM IST
Abid, Bollywood Trade News Network
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The coming Friday will see the release of Sajid Nadiadwala's Akshay, Fardeen, Riteish, Vidya and Juanna (baby) starrer, HEYY BABYY. Given the popular music, Akshay's box-office clout (especially in comic roles), the movie is expected to take a good start at the ticket window.

Giving company to HEYY BABYY with be Smita Thackeray's well made KAISEY KAHEIN..., featuring newcomers like Rajveer and Sheetal Shah. Given the fact that CHAKDE! INDIA is still quite strong and a big and hyped release (with 555-600 prints) like HEYY BABYY to contend with, one can only feel bad and sad for Smita!

BUDDHA MAR GAYA, that got a better rating than CHAKDE! INDIA (from a certain section of the trade), had a dull opening day in Bombay by and large the opening was poor everywhere. On the whole, the 4 crore BUDDHA MAR GAYA is that kind of black comedy which will see all associated with it in the red because of which they will cry rather than laugh!

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As we had said in our last column, MARIGOLD turns out to be a dull fare with bleak chances. The dubbed version of the Salman-Ali Larter starrer, with just 12 prints in Bombay-Thane, was off to a poor start and outside of Bombay, the opening was weak almost everywhere. The English version of MARIGOLD has also opened simultaneously. Its fate at the box-office will also be poor. Even in the UK, MARIGOLD is a no show, with just $44,726, during the first weekend.

Coming to the performance of KAAFILA, the film is an expected, unmitigated disaster. Coming to the actual numbers, KAAFILA collected 42.70 lakhs from Bombay, 11.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1 lakh from Himmatnagar, 1.80 lakhs from Rajkot, 23.21 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.05 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2.25 lakhs from Noida, 2.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 4.20 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.25 lakhs from Agra, 1.25 lakhs each from Allahabad and Nagpur, and 6.80 lakhs from Jaipur. In its first week KAAFILA collects a total around 3 crores from India and the status is obviously a flop. The movie has also failed in the UK.

Vishal Bhardwaj's National Award winning, THE BLUE UMBRELLA, has had a dull first week. The movie collected 12.30 lakhs from Bombay, 88 thousand from Ahmedabad, 4.25 lakhs from Delhi city, 2.25 lakhs from Gurgaon, and 2.30 lakhs from Noida. The movie has barely managed to collect around 40 lakhs in its first week from India and is an unquestionable flop.

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Coming to Yash Raj's Shah Rukh Khan-Vidya Malavde starrer, CHAKDE! INDIA, the pick up was dramatic in India and it was obvious and once again predictable. The Shimit Amin directed film collected 5.26 crores from Bombay, 80.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2.10 lakhs from Valsad, 1.65 lakhs from Himmatnagar, 11.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 4.70 lakhs from Jamnagar, 3.50 lakhs (gross) from Bhavnagar, 2.60 lakhs from Solapur, 10.85 lakhs from Nasik, 2.52 crores from Delhi city, 57.60 lakhs from Gurgaon, 20 lakhs from Faridabad, 7.75 lakhs fron Chandigarh, 6.30 lakhs from Panipat, 17.85 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 46.85 lakhs from Noida, 4.45 lakhs from Kanpur, 31.50 lakhs from Lucknow, 3 lakhs from Agra, 2.25 lakhs from Allahabad, 2.60 lakhs from Bareily, 6 lakhs from Aligarh, 26.50 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.90 lakhs each from Jabalpur and Amravati, 1.80 lakhs from Akola, 3.20 lakhs from Raipur, 36.10 lakhs from Indore, 5.90 lakhs from Bhopal, 1.50 lakhs from Sehore, 1.10 lakhs from Ujjain, 37 lakhs from Jaipur, 3.65 lakhs from Ajmer, 2.20 lakhs from Guwahati, 53.20 lakhs from Calcutta, 12.90 lakhs from Aurangabad, 3.45 lakhs from Latur and 62.90 lakhs from Hyderabad. In its first week CHAKDE! INDIA has netted in excess of 20 crores from India. As the second weekend has opened much better than the first, it is obvious that the 20 crore CHAKDE! INDIA is on way to more than just a hit. In the Overseas, the critical acclaim and the positive word of mouth have helped the movie and it has now steadied and has so far grossed $593,805 from UK and $732,426 from the US.

On to the earlier releases, Anubhav Sinha's CASH crashed further and has been removed from a number of theatres in the third week. In its second week CASH collected 24.70 lakhs from Bombay, 8 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1.20 lakhs from Nasik, 20 lakhs from Delhi city, 5.10 lakhs in Gurgaon, 2.30 lakhs from Faridabad, 2.60 lakhs from Noida, 1.25 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2.85 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.45 lakhs from Indore, 5 lakhs from Jaipur, 2.45 lakhs from Aurangabad and 8.50 lakhs from Hyderabad. In the second week, CASH collected around 3 crores for a total of nearly 20 crores from India. It is now clear that CASH is a losing venture for many of its distributors. CASH has grossed $229,640 in UK and has been rejected.

The collections of GANDHI MY FATHER are going from bad to worse. In its second week, the Akshaye Khanna starrer collected 24 lakhs from Bombay, 3.85 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 9.80 lakhs from Delhi city, 2.80 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.60 lakhs from Noida and 2.85 lakhs from Hyderabad. Given the low number of prints, the 20 crore GANDHI MY FATHER collected around 70 lakhs, for total collections of around 3.20 crores in two weeks from India. The movie is a washout. Even in the Overseas, GANDHI MY FATHER has been rejected. It has grossed $223,183 in UK and $240,425 in the US.

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David Dhawan's Govinda, Salman, Lara and Katrina starrer, PARTNER, is still bringing in the moolah. The movie collected 80 lakhs from Bombay, 13 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2.75 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.90 lakhs from Jamnagar, 1.10 lakhs from Gandhidham, 1.35 lakhs from Nasik, 29.75 lakhs from Delhi city, 4.25 lakhs from Gurgaon, 4.45 lakhs from Faridabad, 4 lakhs from Noida, 2.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2.75 lakhs from Kanpur, 9 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.95 lakhs from Agra, 5 lakhs from Nagpur, 2 lakhs from Jabalpur, 2.50 lakhs from Amravati, 1.30 lakhs from Akola, 2.75 lakhs from Raipur, 1.35 lakhs from Chandrapur, 4.80 lakhs from Indore, 8.60 lakhs from Jaipur, 2.85 lakhs (gross) from Ajmer, 2.60 lakhs from Aurangabad and 15.75 lakhs from Hyderabad. PARTNER collected another 3.75 crores, for a total of nearly 59.25 crores in four weeks from India. The movie has now entered the blockbuster region! In the Overseas, PARTNER has grossed $1,605,108 from UK and $1,062,840 from the US and is a good hit.


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